Hi everyone! It’s been quite a few weeks on the podcast recently and I thought I’d send a quick update.
Bill McDermott, CEO of ServiceNow, joined Big Technology Podcast last Wednesday to discuss his unique career path, from owning a Long Island delicatessen to now managing a $113 billion, publicly-traded cloud computing company. He helped us understand how generative AI drives innovation and the ways it will change the workforce.
Sara Fischer, a senior media reporter at Axios and media analyst at CNN, helped us break down the conflict unfolding at Reddit, Inc. and how the moderator revolt will the company’s third-party app network. We also discussed the changing nature of digital media as advertising revenues begins continue to slow.
Bob Muglia, the former CEO of Snowflake, sat down with me to talk about his new book THE DATAPRENEURS: The Promise of AI and the Creators Building Our Future. We also went deep into Marc Andreessen’s ‘Why AI Will Save the World’ essay, asking whether it actually will. We also got to the bottom of how Azure came together within Microsoft during Muglia’s time at the company. I’ve been hoping to hear this story from Bob for years, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
What Else I’m Reading, Etc.
Student podcasters reveal the dark-side of Middle School in America [NPR]
Chinese language subreddits are a refuge for banned groups [Rest of World]
Inside the vast task force training AI models [The Verge]
ChatGPT and generative AI are creating copies of copies [The New Yorker]
Bitcoin spikes after BlackRock files for a crypto ETF [CNBC]
Nearly all AI models currently fail to meet EU’s draft regulation [Decrypt]
Facebook’s COVID-driven content-review black hole [Axios]
Google Domains is shutting down, and Google is silent about it [The Pragmatic Engineer]
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Number Of The Week
Number of injuries suffered by Amazon warehouse workers in 2022, according to a letter from Senator Bernie Sanders to Amazon CEO, Andy Jassy. The Senator called for an investigation into the company’s warehouse injuries after alleging that Amazon employees suffer more serious injuries than all other warehouse workers in the U.S. combined.
Quote Of The Week
Elon Musk tweeted in response to rumors that Mark Zuckerberg is “serious about fighting @elonmusk.” The confrontation followed news that Meta is working on a Twitter competitor that Meta’s Chief Product Officer, Chris Cox, described as a “sanely run” alternative to Twitter.
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